24 March – 6 May

In recognition of the significance and outstanding beauty of Australia’s Greater Blue Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Area, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre hosts the World Heritage Artist in Residence Program. This initiative awards a 6-week artist residency to one artist at Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives, to create a new body of work in response to the World Heritage Area followed by a solo exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery.

Canadian artist Karen Miranda Abel was selected as the 2017-2018 World Heritage Artist in Residence. Her exhibition Liminal Refugia is an atmospheric, embodied reflection on the deep time interrelationships between earth (stone), water (rain) and fire (sunlight) that manifest in the ancient Triassic sandstone caves of the Greater Blue Mountains. Highlighting the fragility and mysterious purity of these timeless, shrouded ecologies, Abel’s site-specific field research included traversing to exemplary caves in the remote bushland of the Gardens of Stone and Wollemi National Parks.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition

Karen Miranda Abel has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council




KAREN MIRANDA ABEL Gardens of Stone: Cave I 2017, steel, natural patina, Blue Mountains rainwater, 240 x 120 cm. Image courtesy the artist